Saturday, April 30, 2016

Our Cardiac Journey: The Next Chapter

For those of you who don’t already know.

Over the past several months Susan’s cardiac function has degraded to such an extent that her Doctors are recommending open heart surgery.  We don’t have a surgery date yet as we are completing some paperwork and assessments.  Susan also needed to take a leave of absence from work.

The plan as it stands right now is to perform a septal myectomy to remove obstruction in her left ventricle.  This is similar to the surgery that was done in 2009.  The new wrinkle is that they may also consider a repair or replacement of the mitral valve.

Nothing about this is minor or routine.  This is major open heart surgery.

Our challenge right now is figuring out how we manage our family as we have to travel out of province once again for medical treatment.  The logistics of this are complicated as we try to manage Susan’s care and still try to be parents.  Our intention is to have Russell and Nicole join us in Edmonton at some point.  This will be significant for Russell as this will be his first trip back to the Stollery since his transplant.

No doubt there will be more to follow….

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